Renewable energy provider Shift Clean Energy (Shift) announces today that it has partnered with Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) to power its first-ever all-electric ferry. The zero-emission vessel was designed by GRSE and utilizes Shift’s cutting-edge Energy Storage System (ESS) technology. The ferry is being developed by Technology Ventures Middle East (TV-ME) and Marine Electricals Ltd. shared, both of which will manage the ship’s electrical integration.
the inland passenger ship, New generation electric ferry, was commissioned by the Ministry of Transport of the Government of West Bengal as part of the government’s strategic mission to decarbonize its shipping industry. It is the first all-electric ferry developed by GRSE and the second electric ferry to be deployed in India. This project is intended to streamline the movement of passengers along central waterways and is designed to accommodate 150 passengers and will make an average of 40 trips daily via the busy route.
Brent Perry, CEO of Shift Clean Energy said: “India’s inland waterways offer extremely valuable routes for passengers and trade. Decarbonizing the ships that operate on them is not only necessary for their survival, but also a mandatory step to help them thrive. This all-electric vessel is a milestone in the country’s efforts to reduce emissions – and we are delighted to be playing a vital role.”
The fixed installation of Shift’s ESS technology is expected to reduce operating costs by 20 to 30 percent compared to a conventional diesel-powered vessel. The ferry will be fitted with twin-screw propellers and a catamaran aluminum hull that will improve maneuverability and increase speed by up to 10 knots. In addition to Shift’s fixed ESS installation, solar panels will be integrated as an additional source of renewable energy. The ferry is scheduled for delivery in Kolkata at the end of May 2023. The ferry will be fitted with twin-screw propellers and a catamaran aluminum hull that will improve maneuverability and increase speed by up to 10 knots. In addition to Shift’s fixed ESS installation, solar panels will be integrated as an additional source of renewable energy. The ferry is scheduled for delivery in Kolkata at the end of May 2023.
Mr. Venkatesh Uchil, Managing Director of Marine Electricals said: “We are very pleased to be working with Shift, GRSE and TV-ME New generation electric ferry. When it comes to climate change, the clock is ticking. Every electrified ship is a step towards a better future for the planet and people. We are honored to be part of this project and look forward to many more.”
Ratheesh TS, Lead Electrical and Automation Engineer at TV-ME said: “Collaboration is key to real progress and we are honored to have worked closely with Shift, GRSE and Marine Electrical to bring this extraordinary project to life. This ferry, powered entirely by renewable energy, will revolutionize passenger transport and we are excited to be a part of it.”
This project is also a powerful milestone and partnership for Shift, demonstrating the green tech leader’s tremendous growth in recent years. It marks a significant step towards decarbonising the shipping industry in India and beyond.